11 “As for me, (A)I baptize you [a]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; (B)He will baptize you [b]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His (C)winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will (D)gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the (E)chaff with (F)unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13 (G)Then Jesus *arrived (H)from Galilee at the Jordan, coming to John to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have the need to be baptized by You, and yet You are coming to me?” 15 But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us (I)to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *allowed Him. 16 After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and [c](J)he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and [d]settling on Him, 17 and behold, a voice from the heavens said, “(K)This is [e]My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

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  1. Matthew 3:11 The Gr here can be translated in, with, or by
  2. Matthew 3:11 The Gr here can be translated in, with, or by
  3. Matthew 3:16 Or He
  4. Matthew 3:16 Lit coming upon Him
  5. Matthew 3:17 Or My Son, the Beloved